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There’s an old saying I think by Stephen Hawking that every equation you include in a popular level science book will half the effective book sales. Well, Cox and Forshaw deserve credit for taking a brave plunge (and by my estimate forgoing 99.999999% of their book sales based on Hawking’s formula) because one of the highlights of this book is the scattering of equations that are accompanied by careful explanation and insight. Title summary: “Discusses the concept of gravity from its earliest recognition in 1666 to the discovery of gravitational waves in 2015, and explains why gravity holds the key to understanding the nature of time and the origin of the universe.” Throughout, the book weaves in entertaining stories of the key scientists involved, bringing humanity to the tale of this scientific journey. The author has an engaging and conversational tone that makes you feel like you're learning from a friend. There were Taylor Swift references, which, I mean, that's all I need to give a book 5 stars. But in all seriousness, it's so informative without being difficult to follow. I would recommend you have a little bit of an interest in physics, because there are some basic concepts that'll just go over smoother if you have some prior knowledge, but even if you know nothing this book is an absolute joy. I listened to the audiobook, narrated by the author herself, and it was amazing. You could feel and hear her enthusiasm about the topic through every sentence and every word.

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But this is a book for the layperson and Rovelli understands this limitation, glossing over finer detail in pursuit of an impression of the wonder that lies at the heart of the cosmos and his theorising. And in his hands it’s an effective technique. Also, as a reader who is not using these texts for any academic purposes, I think Cox’s writing is so much easier to ‘digest’ (and much more enjoyable in general) than Hawking’s (only comparing this to a few of Hawking’s books that I’ve previously read). I think it might be important to clarify that – I’m not comparing them based on ‘who’s the better (astro)physicist’ or whose ‘work’ was more ‘important’; but only of whose writing/books I had found more ‘enjoyable’. Hope that helps?

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Kip Thorne, along with fellow theorists Stephen Hawking and Roger Penrose, a cadre of Russians, and earlier scientists such as… i really enjoyed this! it’s definitely more in depth than some of their other books, but that was something i really loved about it!It’s always tempting to bask in the self-congratulatory delusion that if I just really concentrate on something hard enough I’d be able to understand it. But this book proved me wrong from the very first spacetime Penrose diagram that slowly sent my protesting brain over the event horizon and to the singularity while being simultaneously vaporized and spaghettified. For audiobook listeners, Smethurst’s narration is a winner. Full of personality, humour and enthusiasm that lifts her obvious knowledge to another level. I am awed by the mind bending theorems proposed by Hawking and Bekenstein. some concepts explained below

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